Tuesday, November 3, 2015

Teens Texting Before Bed May Be Health Hazardous


     Texting in bed... Every teen does it, but it turns out that this simple activity could be harmful to a young person's health and mind. Studies show that teens who spend time before falling asleep engaged in texting or social media are more drowsy during the day and show weaker school performance. This activity leads to stimulation in the mind throughout the night and the light on the device suppresses the secretion of melatonin, which helps you fall asleep. Researchers also say this could eventually be linked to anxiety and depression. I know that when I have my phone right beside me while I am trying to sleep I am extremely tempted to spend time on it, instead of resting my mind and falling asleep, causing me to feel sleepy the next day.

Do you spend most nights, before sleeping, on your cell phone? Does this affect you the next morning?
Do you ever notice that your brain seems more active or distracted from sleeping after you have spent time texting in bed?
Do you sleep with the phone under your pillow or right next to your bed?

18 comments:

  1. Usually, I am on my tablet, watching Netflix or watching YouTube videos. However, I am generally very tired afterwards, so I fall asleep straight away. My tablet is always right next to my bed, on charge.

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  2. I think it is bad for people's sleeping habits to be on their phone at night, but I must admit that I do sleep with my phone near me and I have a most likely unhealthy attachment to my phone already. I'm not sure if I would agree that being on your phone directly causes you to be tired the next day, I think it's mostly the fact that people stay up + the phone stimulating your brain. I would say it's 50/50.

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  3. Before I go to sleep, I use my phone to watch youtube videos and for me, this actually helps me sleep than not using my phone. However,I think this is a bad habit because everytime I try to go to sleep or even go for a nap, I reach out for my phone, watch a few youtube videos before I drowse off.

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  5. I do sleep with my phone next to my bed, but mainly because I need an alarm to wake up the next morning. By having my phone near me when I sleep it does cause me to have a giant distraction near me and it causes me to go to sleep at a later time. I've never payed attention to if going on my phone before bed has caused me to be more drowsy the next morning, but I do think it would because it causes people to go to sleep at a later time.

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  6. I pretty much spend every night on my phone right before i go to sleep and I wouldn't be surprised if this affects me in the morning. Though I don't remember a time when I didn't do this, so I can't really tell. I can't really tell if my brain seems more active or distracted from sleeping after i have spent time texting mainly because, I do it so much. I sleep with my phone next to my head and on some occasion I use my phone as a pillow.

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  7. I pretty much spend every night on my phone right before i go to sleep and I wouldn't be surprised if this affects me in the morning. Though I don't remember a time when I didn't do this, so I can't really tell. I can't really tell if my brain seems more active or distracted from sleeping after i have spent time texting mainly because, I do it so much. I sleep with my phone next to my head and on some occasion I use my phone as a pillow.

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  8. I use my phone every night before i sleep and it helps me sleep once im done i put it mext to me and fall asleep and the next morning i feel not affected badly but goodly because i know i have checked everything. And im never distracted from sleeping aftwr using it. So i dont agree that it is hazerdous nor does it make me feel sleepy the next day. I think it may cause depression or anxiety for some people but not really me.

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  9. Before I go to sleep I check all my social media apps and then after that I tend to watch netflix for a little bit then I put it away. I know I shouldn't but i usually put my phone next to me for any emergencies and to hear my alarm in the mourning. I don't feel distracted at all. Overall I think I need to find a new place for my phone.

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  10. I always use my phone before i go to bed to check social media and my texts. I know how tempting it is to look at it and i sometimes have a hard time going to bed without looking at my phone.

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  11. I personally spend almost every night before going to sleep on my phone. I am continuously tempted to check my phone before falling completely asleep. I usually have to check every social media site before going to bed. However, I deleted my social media apps for awhile and at night I would have a great sleep going to bed early and being able to sleep the night all the way through. I do believe this study. I do think being on my phone at night has affected me the morning after.

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  12. I think it's kind of crazy how our phones can do that to our brain. I know that sometimes I go on my phone before bed and I wake up extremely tired. I got into the habit of leaving my phone in the kitchen so that I'm not tempted to go on it at night. A lot of teens do go on there phones and i definitely do like to go on my phone before I go to bed becuase I'm so busy during the day it's like I can finally relax and look at what's going on in the world. Now I definitely don't want to keep my phone in bed with me!

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  13. Most school days I spend on my computer, ether doing work or relaxing so by the time I'm going to bed I have normally seen all the updates on you tube and whatever else and am content with just going to sleep. However their are some nights where I have worked more than not and I take the time in bed to check everything on my phone, Which is always a risk. If I find something interesting or end up having a conversation It makes it harder to put the phone down, which usually leads to me staying up for a few more hours. There is this itch in the back of your head to finish what you are doing, or continue to look into this new thing you found and it keeps me up. I also do not sleep with my phone close to me.

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  14. I actually don't spend time in bed texting or on my phone; when I turn the lights off and lie down, I sleep instead of spending my time on a phone. However, I used to spend a lot of time on my phone when I was in bed, which was very detrimental to my sleeping patterns and caused me a lot of trouble.

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  15. If i am on my phone before bed, I usually loose track of time and go to bed very late. I feel tired everyday physically because I do sports so my body gets tired. My phone stays on my night stand, but I keep the sound on so I could hear it.

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  16. I spend most nights on my phone before falling asleep because my bed is always cold so I go on my phone while I wait for it to be warmer. This usually takes about 30 minutes to an hour long. In the morning, I'm always super tired and just want to sleep longer. I have noticed it's harder for me to fall asleep after being on my phone since the bright light in my face wakes me up. I sleep with my phone next to my bed on my nightstand. I think it'd be best that once you get in bed, you go straight to sleep without looking at your phone so the light doesn't wake you up and I definitely want to do that now after reading that it is linked to anxiety and depression.

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  17. Henry, I totally agree that there are some nights you just feel like you need to check everything on your phone or begin a conversation with someone. I get attached and it makes it hard to put it down! I completely relate to that but I think I need to do what you do and refrain from sleeping with my phone near my pillow... Bad bad bad habit!

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  18. I do use my cell phone before going to sleep and I usually wake up even more tired than I would have if I didn't. I charge my phone all night so I keep it on the pillow next to me and sometimes I'll check it in the middle of the night if I wake up. I'm sure it would help if I didn't do any of that, but I can't seem to help it.

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